or “Why You Should Treat Your Degree like a Job”
For most of us, university are some of the best 3 or 4 years of our lives. It is important to remember however that we are there to gain the skills, experience and knowledge necessary for us to work towards that dream job when we graduate (something that we can easily forget!).
We are all susceptible to falling into a lull of procrastination and sleeping in. This can easily result in us having to do all of our work during the evenings and weekends, which means all we want to do is lie in and relax when we have time off during the day. This can become a vicious cycle, resulting in a disconnect between student life and normal working life.
Getting into the routine of a ‘working week’ has been proven to help grades and attendance at university and means there isn’t the all too real shock to the system when you are expected to be productive for 5 days a week, 9 hours a day when you begin work in the ‘real world’. And just think about the fact you could have 2 whole days off every week: no stress, no worries, no problem!
So how do you go about achieving this double win of better performance and improved free time? Well at first it is not easy, habits are notoriously difficult to break, but it is certainly possible to achieve if you put your mind to it. Those who are most successful are no smarter or luckier than anyone else, but what they do have is a drive to be the best that they can be. If you push yourself to be the best it soon becomes addictive, you want to do your best at everything you can.
So where do you start? The best place to start is with that timetable. Those gaps between lectures and days off are no longer free periods, but opportunities to be seized! If you don’t already use a planner or diary then do so, and put in times between lectures where you write up your notes, catch up on reading and work on assignments. Just make sure that you are working towards something; this will ultimately make you more employable in the future.
The next step is to find the place where you work best, some like it at home, others love the library, you may also work well in a café or at the park, don’t be afraid to experiment.
The next step is to stick to your newer, fuller timetable. According to psychology experts, it takes approximately 30 days to form a new habit, so just commit yourself to working this way for one month and see how it goes. By the end of the 30 days you will have got through the hardest part and be used to working normal office hours, it will also feel strange to go back to how things used to be.
Nobody else is going to tell you off if you don’t stick to it, so you have to be tough with yourself. But the reward of having more and better true free time whilst also doing well at university is definitely worth it.
– Jessica van Rooyen is a Marketing Executive at www.1pgr.com